I could probably be convinced either way on this subject. The most powerful argument against would be the possible salvation of the individual while incarcarated.
And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. (Gen. 9:12-16, KJVS)
And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every mans brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. (Gen. 9:5-6, KJVS)
What happens if someone is murdered and someone gets framed for the crime by two "witnesses", the man is then killed for a crime he didn't commit.Is the executioner then guilty of murder?What about the two witnesses? Are they guilty of murder as well?Should they all be killed for this?
The executioner is just doing his job. The other question depends on the context of which law you are talking about, God's Law or Man's. Under God's law I would think false witnesses AND murder. Man's law is so different you would almost have to narrow the circumstances down to when, where and when. In the USA, it could end up all over the map, from a death sentence to a book deal and a movie. Capital Punishment is a question that touches our need for revenge, justice, closure, and a need for safety. If someone is so evil and murderous, people sleep better knowing they are dead and buried. The other side of course is the injustices. Just last week here in California, a man was executed because it was politically expedient. I did not know the circumstances, I did not want to know, but the news story was intense because he had transformed himself in prison and the real question was, what was he really?In my heart I think, they killed him for all of the wrong reasons. Was he still a threat? No not really (my opinion of course). The real question was society better off with him dead or alive.We will never know because killing him was the safest thing to do politically. Nobody wants to take on the law enforcement lobby and risk the anger of all of those police officers. At least here in California.
_________________David Michael Paul